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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1712 pages
  • Publisher: John Wisden & Co Ltd; HB edition edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408131307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408131305
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.6 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book, now into its 148th season, continues to inform, educate and entertain. As always, it offers something for each follower of the sport, be they social historian, collector or statistical digester.'
--Morning Star (April 2011)

'If Paine isn't to hand, I shall continue browsing the latest Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, which has just arrived. I most enjoy the obituaries which have uniquely elegiac and sometimes poignant qualities.' --New Statesman

The real joy of the Almanack is in its lush texture, the knowledge that you could never possibly read it all. As ever Wisden remains unmatched; indeed in many ways it is unmatchable. The fact that it exists at all, in an age of 140-character novels and free newspapers, is something of a miracle...it is ironic, really, since Wisden's eclectic omniscience has always struck me as the closest mankind has come to reproducing the internet in a book.
--Cricketer, The. June 1, 2011

It is then, all things to all people. And thus to regard it as a mere book, filled with earnest writing and really quite awful black-and-white pictures, is to undersell its function grotesquely. There is still nothing quite like feeling a new copy of Wisden in your hands, its heft in your palm, its pages pouring forth from a mere flick of your thumb. It is, and was no doubt intended to be, like holding the entire rich corpus of cricket in your hands.
--The Cricketer, June 1, 2011

'The real joy of the Almanack is in its lush texture ... as ever Wisden remains unmatched'
--thecricketer.com, June 2011

"This richly filled edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011 holds many pleasures to be savoured and maintains the exemplary standards of a publication of high repute."
--Cricketer Statisticians (June 2011)

"This is a lavish production worth every penny for its 1650 pages. Everything about it is right - the layout and the clear font. The text is adorned with some outstanding coloured photographs." --Cricketer Statistician (June 2011)

About the Author

Scyld Berry has been the Editor of Wisden since 2008. He is also cricket correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph and author of several critically acclaimed cricket books. He is one of the sport's most respected and well liked authorities.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2011
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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011
I can summarise this book in just one word "Unbeatable". It's the best cricket reference work on the market by a mile. Clearly written, easy to skim through and packed with all the stats. you'll need for 2011. Particularly like the compact size of the book which makes it easy to pack away and it's also lightweight so ideal for carrying around. I got the hardback version because it doesn't get so crumpled in my bag. Includes plenty of photos, some in colour, and although the book is compact in size the text hasn't suffered in terms of quality and it's plenty big enough to read with comfort. I took advantage of the Amazon deal and picked this Wisden up for approximately half it's normal retail value and they also gave me free p&p so I'm happy!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
First seeing the light of day in 1864, whereas other products and publications have attempted to`re-invent' themselves, some with disastrous consequences, Wisden Cricketers' Almanac has never found the need to bring itself into the 21st Century. It is what it is, and everyone knows what to expect within its pages; this 148th incarnation of possibly the most eagerly awaited book each year, carries on that tradition. This isn't a book to `um' and `ah' over; you're getting it or you're not. There is no in between.

Strangely, considering the amount of cricket now being played around the world, this year's edition has 80 pages fewer than 2010 but there are some welcome changes to the format this year. Edited by Scyld Berry for the final time, the sections for Records and Births and Deaths of players has been moved to the back of the book and the Obituaries, Cricket Books, Cricket in the Media, etc. are now at the front. I think it's a good idea, as cricketing records don't change that often but there will always be different publications to highlight and the unfortunate passing of people to mention. Another change is each county now has an extra page devoted to their limited over's averages for the past season and current records for List A and Twenty20 matches.

Ah yes, matches. The editor mentions this in his notes at the beginning of the book. Kent, as an example, is scheduled to play a minimum of 46 games this season (most will play at least 44), which could rise to a maximum of 51. Scyld Berry bemoans the increase of Twenty20 matches and the corresponding reduction in attendances in 2010, something that will continue in 2011 due to shortsightedness and greed. It appears the ECB has not only killed the Golden Goose but also incinerated the carcass.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Douglas on 26 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ah lovely Wisden! It's great when it shows up each year, a banquet of cricket to gorge on. Previous reviewers have noted the changes this year and you should know that they make a very considerable difference to the handling of the book, a very important and welcome improvement.

Finding the Records at the back right up with Laws is so appropriate and of course easy to flick to that it is the greatest single reorganisation in decades. The Register of past and then current players is there too, very handy. These have pushed the reviews (books, equipment, media, etc.) up to the front with the articles and all the other items current to the year's cricket reporting. Superb! Well done to the editor and staff. These seemingly minor alterations have transformed and immensely improved Wisden.

I frequently moan about the shoddiness of packaging from Amazon with consequent damage to new items; this is not the case this year. The Wisden (paperback) is shrunk wrapped in cellophane and this addition ensured it arrived in perfect condition. Well done John Wisden & Co.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Hayes on 18 May 2011
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The usual masterful review of the past year's cricket, in what is Scyld Berry's last year as Editor. England's magnificent Ashes victory in Australia is recounted in sufficient detail to give those who were not fortunate enough to be able to watch it on TV to form a very full picture of events. The year's bribery and corruption scandals are reported, but thankfully not overly so, enabling the focus of the reader to remain on the play and not on the legal dramas. Less successful, I feel, is the reorganization of the Almanack, which has resulted in some material appearing too early in the book. For those like myself, who start at Page 1 and read forward, it would have been preferable to keep the non-game-related material at the back, as has served the readership for decades. The quality of many of the black-and-white photos is questionable, with sizing and subject open to improvement; in these days of HD it would be nice if all the photos could at least be in color. But perhaps these are small quibbles, as overall the publication is an excellent product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonscot on 8 May 2011
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Wisden 2011 is very welcome. Most purchasers will know what to expect and will not be disappointed. For me the quality of the test and first class match reports, county and country reviews, as well as the major tours such as The Ashes, is as high as it has ever been, and a vast improvement of some of what was published in the 1960s and 70s when I first bought Wisden. The editors notes are good, and the shennanigans at the Lords test last year well documented (perhaps over-documented?: it could all be said more briefly). But I do not agree with his decision to announce only 4 cricketers of the year. The book reviews are good (as expected from Gideon Haigh), and the obituaries excellent, as are many other of the short articles. The longer articles are not the best Wisden has seen, nice tributes to Bedser and Bailey contrasting with a misconceived article by Charlie Connolly and tedium from Nassar Hussain. Where are articles by the 2011 equivalents of Fingleton and Peebles? Anyhow, this is not a "vintage" issue (hence 4 stars), and I find myself being increasingly irritated at page after page of pointless one day matches: OK, that's been a problem for a while now but it is getting much worse.

The real problems lie from 2012 onwards. Readers may wish to consult Scyld Berry's article in the Telegraph on April 18 concerning his dismissal as Editor. While he has not been quite as good as Woodcock, Wright and Engel, he has been OK, and merited continuing if he wished: the criticisms above can be remedied quite easily and every so often an issue of Wisden falls back a little. Unlike some I have no concerns about the age of his replacement (Sydney Pardon was 36 when he took over in 1891 and anyone who possesses Benny Green's anthologies will know he was pretty good).
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